With all the consternation surrounding the issue of illegal aliens entering the US with a child in tow and claiming the child is the alien’s child, why aren’t we using this quick DNA test?
The Leftists love science, they should love this quick and easy method of sorting out the children and keeping them safe from gang members and human traffickers! Right!
So why isn’t Homeland Security at the border and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for connecting unaccompanied children with their parents, using DNA testing? Seems it is a no-brainer.
Here is a story at the Washington Examiner reporting on the test, but alas no suggestion about why it isn’t being used to catch the frauds and crooks.
On-the-spot DNA tests could be key to ICE verifying ‘immigrant families’ at border
The U.S. government has adopted a DNA testing system that would allow border officials to assess within two hours whether immigrants claiming to be in the same family are telling the truth.
Last June, the FBI approved the use of ANDE, an automated system which was developed with the military and can be operated by a nonscientist to process cheek swabs and other DNA. In October, it was used on human remains found after wildfires swept through Northern California. It is now under consideration by the Department of Homeland Security and could be used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Federal immigration officials believe the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is about to become more complicated due to an uptick in falsified documents being used by migrants.
“One of the things that we’ve seen a huge increase in and our partners in CBP [Customs and Border Protection] have seen, too, is the use of fraudulent documents,” deputy director of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations arm, Derek Benner, said during a speech in Texas last week.
“Today when we’re confronted with family units — I actually call them unverified family units because it’s difficult to know but for the expertise of CBP officers and Border Patrol agents, who are able to question or interrogate that family situation based on the evidence that they have on their person and statements that they’re able to get from the adults — they do the best they can, and then absent any other information their claim goes as is.”
Part of the issue for federal law enforcement is not being able to verify familial relationship other than by paper documents.
ANDE DNA processing company says it can verify those relationships within two hours, compared to the weeks it usually takes local police or federal law enforcement to get results from labs.
The ANDE system, or one like it, is an obvious tool for CBP or the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which handles the release of unaccompanied migrant children.
Frustrating isn’t it! Regular informed Americans can see what needs to be done to begin to stop the invasion at our border, but Washington simply won’t move.
And, Trump’s recent waffling on closing the border is pretty discouraging.
Let him know what you think!